Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Custodian Christianity...

"That's what the custodians are paid for!" I remember hearing kids saying that all the time when I was in middle school and high school, usually after creating disgusting messes. I know I've been guilty of saying that myself. 

I get infuriated when I hear that now! I think that's because I've learned something about service. So, before I get off on a different blog post than I actually want to write, let me get to the point:

Service is one of the 6 expressions of love that we have identified as a means to becoming "rooted in God's love." What does that even mean? 

The words of Jesus:

...Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve [διακονέω], and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:26-28)
That word, διακονέω, literally means to "wait upon" someone in a menial sense. You know, doing the small, dirty, lowly things. I believe that we have fallen into a "Celebrity" Christianity where we all want to be "known," recognized for the great things I am doing in the Kingdom of God. This leads us to throw money at the things we should be getting our hands dirty in. In reality, Christ calls us to a "Custodian" Christianity where there is nothing too small, too menial, too unimportant, there is nothing beneath me. 

Louie Giglio was recently quoted on Twitter saying: "Being a servant is the top job in the Kingdom of God. You may get more responsibility, but no higher calling." - @louiegiglio

I have seen this lived out many times in people in the church. I wish I could tell you about it. I have also seen this principle of Jesus ignored blatantly. 

In the shadow of the cross, what Christianity are you living out? Are you willing to do whatever and go whereever you need to go to διακονέω?

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